The man who killed Trayvon Martin last month, George Zimmerman, has claimed his life was threatened in a fight with the unarmed 17-year-old and thus he was forced to shoot the Florida youth. But the injuries that Zimmerman, 28, said he sustained weren’t apparent in video footage taken later that day.
A clip from that video follows the excerpt below. —KA
Seen in handcuffs and accompanied by police officers, self-appointed neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman displays no obvious signs of having been attacked.
The CCTV footage has prompted further questions over Zimmerman’s account of the incident. Earlier reports suggested that 17-year-old Martin had attacked the older man first, with the bloodied gunman pulling the trigger in self-defence.
According to police statement leaked to the Orlando Sentinel this week, Zimmerman was punched in the face before his head was pounded into the sidewalk by Martin during the incident.
The 28-year-old’s account of the attack in Sanford, Florida, was said to have been confirmed by eyewitnesses.